Admission Process

After several steps of the selection process a committee makes a selection from among the applicants. In making the selection much consideration is given to the programme’s high demands on vocal and performance ability. The studies also presuppose solid knowledge of music theory.

ADMISSION PROCESS

The admission process consists of three selection testss. In the first test the evaluation of the applicants is based on the material uploaded through MyNetwork with the application (sound file and video).The second and third tests of the admission process take place at the University College of Opera in Stockholm.

Selection tests for applicants to the Bachelor's and Master's programmes take place at the same time, but in separate groups.

The voice tests consists of works of your own choice.

You should prepare a total of seven pieces according to the following:

• Six arias from operatic works

• One song or lied

You may perform one of these pieces in your native language. The others should be performed in the original language.

Selection test 1

This first test is assessed from the video and sound recording you have uploaded in your application.

The jury committee will decide who continues to Selection test 2.

All applicants will be informed whether they go on to Selection test 2 or not, through Varbi at the latest week 5.

Selection test 2

Monday February 11

  • You will sing an aria of you own choice. Please bring the sheet music for the pianist.
  • Music theory test, part 1, a written/theoretical test that contains questions about terminology, chords, key signatures etc. Below is a description of the contents in the test.

Music Theory Test, written

Ear Training

  • Recognize different types of chords (major and minor triads, dominant seventh chords, minor seventh chords, major seventh chords, diminished seventh chords)
  • Decide the function of a tone (root, third, fifth or seventh) in different kind of chords
  • Detect abnormalities in a notation
  • Rhythm - enter the correct option, select one of three given rhythms

Music Theory

  • Explain typical tempo markings
  • Explain common terms and phenomena
  • Identify:
      - chords
      - intervals
      -  key signatures
      -  time signatures
  • Mark the beats in a given rhythmic example
  • Complete incomplete rhythms with pauses
  • Reduce a simple, short, harmonic progression - describe the progression with chord names or functional analysis

Form

  • Describe the form in a given musical example

The admissions group will then decide who continues to Selection test 3. This test will take place at the University College of Opera, and a pianist from The University College of Opera will be available to play with you. A notification will be sent out through MyNetwork to those applicants that go on to the third round.

Selection test 3

Tuesday and Wednesday February 12 – 13

These tests will take place at the University College of Opera and a pianist will be available.

  • Musical interpretation test. Individual test in front of a jury committee, 15 minutes.

You will work with an aria from your repertoire list with a teacher from the University College of Opera. Which aria you will be working with will be decided by the jury after their meeting on Monday evening.

  • Performance/scenic movement test. You will perform an aria working with a director. Individual test in front of a jury committee.15 minutes.

You will work staging a scene in front of the jury with an aria from your list where we look for personal creativity, social skills, the use of body language and artistic expression. Please bring the sheet music for the pianist.

  • Interview. c:a 20 minutes.
  • Music theory test, part 2, a practical test where you will have 15 minutes to learn a short song with access to a piano.

Thursday February 14

  • You sing an aria of your own choice. The committee may also ask you to sing other pieces from your list.

PIANIST

A pianist from The University College of Opera will be available to play with you from Selection test 2.

Notification about Admittance

Notification regarding which applicants that are accepted to the programme will be sent out through Varbi in the end of February.